The Best 5 day trips from Hurghada (2024)

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We’ve joined forces with popular day trip organisers GetYourGuide to bring you some of the most popular day trips from Hurghada.

Exploring the local area is the perfect way to add a sense of adventure to your holiday, as you get to discover what life is really like beyond your hotel.

Day trips also provide an opportunity to explore nearby attractions and landmarks without the commitment of an extended stay. Take a glimpse at Cairo or Luxor and decide if they’re for you.

They also allow you to make the most of your holiday by experiencing a number of different destinations within a short timeframe. Day trips also offer a sense of adventure and spontaneity, enabling you to break away from their routine and discover new places.

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Day Trips from Hurghada

Whether you’re booking a trip to Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, or spending part of the night in the desert star gazing, taking an organised trip can be great fun.

Visiting historical sites, museums or cultural events can provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hurghada and Egypt.

It’s also an opportunity to try your hand at new activities, such as quad biking, camel riding or diving. Families may find the time allows them to bond, as they learn and experience new things together.

Overall, day trips are an excellent way to improve any holiday and create unforgettable memories – and these are 5 of our favourites:

Luxor Valley of the Kings Full Day Trip

Valley of the Kings Aerial Photograph
The Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Embark on an epic journey through time on a day excursion from Hurghada to the Luxor Valley. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

Discover some of the most iconic historical sites anywhere in the world, under the expert guidance of an Egyptologist.

Experience the grandeur of the Temple of Karnak and the City of the Dead – all from the comfort of a typical Felucca boat.

Take a short break to enjoy a delicious Egyptian lunch before continuing on to the Colossi of Memnon, the last remaining pieces of the Temple of Amenophis III.

Finally, see for yourself the stunning architecture of the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut, once ruled by one of the most powerful women of Ancient Egypt.

Check if there are spaces available for your dates, and don’t miss out on the chance to witness the wonders of one of the world’s oldest civilisations.

Luxor, home to the iconic Valley of the Kings, is great for visitors who can appreciate its rich historical significance. This ancient burial ground, located on the west bank of the Nile, houses the tombs of pharaohs and nobles from the New Kingdom era.

Exploring the Valley of the Kings is like stepping back in time, marveling at the intricate hieroglyphics, vibrant murals, and well-preserved artifacts. The grandeur of tombs like Tutankhamun’s and Ramesses II’s leaves visitors in awe.

The valley’s mystical aura and its connection to ancient Egyptian mythology add an extra layer of fascination. It is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and anyone seeking to delve into the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

Desert Star Watching Adventure

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure. This is one of the most popular day trips from Hurghada and has everything you could ask for – hotel transfers included, a camel ride, Bedouin tea, BBQ dinner, and a chance to star gaze.

The tour starts with a thrilling sunset Jeep ride as you venture more than 20km into the desert. The journey takes you to a local camp, where you’ll get to experience traditional Bedouin life and a sumptuous buffet dinner.

As the sun sets, bask in the tranquility of the desert and marvel at the millions of stars that illuminate the night sky above, with expert guidance.

To add to the excitement, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the planets through a telescope, and learn fascinating information about outer space and star science from a local astronomist.

After an unforgettable night, return to your hotel by Jeep, with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Full Day Cairo & Giza Pyramids Trip from Hurghada

Are you desperate to go from Hurghada to the Pyramids but dreading the long bus journey to Cairo? Well, we’ve got some fantastic news for you!

We’ve found the perfect luxury option with GetYourGuide that will take you on a full-day guided tour of Cairo, without the hassle of a lengthy bus ride!

Make the short transfer from your hotel to Hurghada Airport, and then travel by plane to Cairo, where you’ll be greeted by an expert Egyptologist guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Your adventure begins in Giza, where you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking and world-famous pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, along with the legendary Sphinx.

Take a moment to reflect on what’s sure to have been an amazing morning and grab some lunch. During the afternoon, you’ll get to visit the Egyptian Museum, where you can admire the fascinating treasures of Tutankhamun, and a staggering 120,000 pieces of Egyptian art and artifacts.

Read: More about the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and Khan el-Khalili market.

Shop for souvenirs and mingle with the locals in the lively Khan el-Khalili market. Then, it’s time to bring your day to a close with a transfer back to the airport to catch the short flight back to Hurghada.

Imagine enjoying all these incredible experiences without the inconvenience of a long bus journey. Check availability and secure your place on one of the most sought after day trips from Hurghada.

Top 10 things to enjoy about Cairo

Cairo, the bustling capital of Egypt, effortlessly combines the charms of antiquity with the vibrancy of modern life. From iconic landmarks to lively markets, Cairo offers so many great experiences that will leave you lasting memories.

Here are the top 10 things to enjoy in Cairo, ensuring a memorable and enriching journey through this historic metropolis.

  1. No visit to Cairo is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring pyramids of Giza.
  2. Explore the enchanting alleys of Islamic Cairo, where ancient mosques, bustling bazaars, and stunning architecture transport you to a bygone era. Don’t miss the iconic Al-Azhar Mosque and the vibrant Khan El Khalili market.
  3. Delve into Egypt’s rich history at the Egyptian Museum. It’s home to an extensive collection of artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamun.
  4. Embark on a Nile River cruise and witness Cairo’s iconic skyline from a different perspective. Bask in the beauty of the sun setting over the river, enjoy a meal, and enjoy traditional entertainment on board.
  5. Step back in time as you walk along Al-Muizz Street, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the stunning medieval architecture, vibrant markets, and historic mosques that line this bustling thoroughfare.
  6. Uncover the religious heritage of Cairo in Coptic Cairo, where ancient churches and monasteries offer a glimpse into Egypt’s Christian history. Visit the Hanging Church, Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, and the Coptic Museum.
  7. Indulge in a sensory experience at Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s most famous market. Lose yourself in a maze of narrow streets filled with shops selling spices, textiles, jewelry, and traditional crafts.
  8. Savor the flavors of Egypt by sampling traditional Egyptian cuisine. From aromatic koshari (a delicious mix of rice, lentils, and pasta) to flavourful falafel and tantalising kebabs. Cairo’s culinary scene is a delight for food enthusiasts.

Giftun Islands & Snorkelling Boat Tour with Lunch

Diving underwater near a turtle

Who doesn’t love snorkelling!? And where better to enjoy it than the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, in Hurghada.

This is one of the most affordable trips, and gives you the opportunity to explore two snorkelling spots before indulging in a delicious buffet lunch on board the boat.

Your day begins with pickup from your hotel before you’re transferred to the yacht marina. Once on board, you can sit back and relax while taking in the stunning views of the Red Sea.

First up is a superb snorkelling spot where you can admire the coral. There’s also hundreds of different species of marine life that call it home.

Then it’s time to indulge in a delicious buffet lunch before heading to Orange Beach at Giftun Island. Here, there’s two hours to relax in the crystal-clear waters of the white sandy beach.

Then, relax on the boat and enjoy the sunshine as the trip sets sail to the final snorkelling spot for some more Hurghada Diving, before your return trip to your hotel.

Find out more about a truly unforgettable snorkelling day.

Dolphin Watching Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Dolphin underwater

One of the most affordable day trips from Hurghada. Experience the thrill of snorkelling and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.

From the moment you step aboard the boat, the friendly captain and crew will make sure you have everything you need. Cruise to various locations, known for their stunning coral reefs and vibrant marine life.

There’s loads of opportunities on this trip for snorkelling and swimming, and you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with the colourful fish and coral. And who knows, you may even get lucky and swim alongside dolphins!

Enjoy a delicious lunch on deck. Soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze while savoring a tasty meal prepared by the talented crew.

As the day draws to a close, sit back, relax, and reflect on your amazing experiences on the sea. Return to the boat pier and enjoy the convenience of a transfer back to your hotel.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable journey!

Day Trips from Hurghada

We’ve tried to share our favourite day trips from Hurghada, but we want to know about yours. Let us know which trips are your favourites.

If you’re yet to book your holiday to Hurghada and want to know more about this fabulous holiday destination, read our guide What is Hurghada like.